Category Archives: State of Oregon

Republicans Will Cut the Services While We Pay the Bills — and More

By Peter Toll

National headlines often state humongous numbers while those of us out here in the hinterlands feel less and less in control as Republicans try to gut funding for vital social problems and hand us the bill while passing on grandiose tax savings to the ultra-rich.

So how does President Trump’s proposed Waldencare legislation and tax plan impact us financially? Trump wants to gut your health care and drop all deductions for state, local and property taxes. Continue reading

OPINION: Does ICE celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Item: Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican national holiday. However, it is observed in the Mexican city of Puebla, which is where the Mexican Army defeated French soldiers in a battle toward freedom in 1862. Commercial liquor and food interests have created the U.S. semi-holiday.

By William Street

May fifth binds Mexicans and Americans as we celebrate and are reminded of the wealth of contributions made to our lives by Mexican and Hispanic culture (hot sauce, tequila, a passion for living, a lyrical language, a pace of living counter to our industrial get-it-done-yesterday approach, appreciation of family, and a deep spirituality, to name a few).

Yet on May fifth, as every other work day of the year, Hispanics residing in Clackamas County and throughout Oregon, both documented and unauthorized, are routinely subjected to harassment, detention, and deportation without access to the fundamental freedom of our legal system and culture: due process. Continue reading

Solidarity with Hunger Strikers in The Dalles

Join the Struggle this Saturday from noon to 2pm at the Correctional Facility in The Dalles.

Message from the hunger strikers (names removed for their safety): “[We] are still on hunger strike as of this morning but it is getting very difficult. We both feel very nauseous, weak and tired, and I’m starting to worry about long term effects on my health. [One of the hunger strikers] was transferred somewhere this morning, we don’t know where but probably to Tacoma or Portland. He said before he left that he was going to continue the strike. *We ask the local communities to stand with us in our demand to get ICE out of Oregon. We are hunger striking for our basic needs at this jail facility but, really, we should not be detained here. This is a jail.*”

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Ethics Complaint Against Republican Rep. Knute Buehler

Rep. Knute Buehler is the Republican representative to the Oregon State Legislature from Bend (HD 54). The Democratic Party of Oregon recently filed an ethics complaint against Buehler and is asking us to support this suit by sharing the story on Facebook.
Following is their explanation and the link to share.

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Spring Legislative Update from Sen. Taylor

 

Hello Friends and Neighbors, and Happy Spring! We are beginning the third month of the legislative session, and it has been busy! I have been hard at work with my colleagues on state-wide issues including transportation and revenue. I have also successfully passed a few of my personal bills. A few of note, include Voter Pre-Registration, Gambling Addiction Hardship Permits, and a pair of bills which give resources to victims of sex trafficking. Read more …

Why We Celebrate Wayne Morse

Wayne Morse was one of the most prolific statesmen to ever serve Oregon. He had earned a number of nicknames during his time, including the “Tiger of the Senate.” In 1944, Morse won his first election to become one of Oregon’s senators, and he served until 1968. On Friday, April 28th, we will honor his legacy at the 8th Annual Wayne Morse Gala. Continue reading